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Debbie Row EDU 675 Change Leadership for Differentiated Educational. Environment Instructor: Joyce Johnson April 28, 2018
Introduction “The goal of action research is to enhance the lives of students and teachers through positive educational change” (Mills, 2014, p. 172) The action research topic I choice is of great importance to me. In the diverse area I work in I was working with so many students that were not familiar with praise or comments of acknowledgement. Many of my students needed and wanted to hear positive feed back and acknowledgement. Since culturally some of my parents didn’t praise their students for working hard or achieving developmental milestones. This was also a great way to teach parents the importance of encouraging their students when they were successful and when they did something that was a challenge that they now mastered. As an ELL learner myself I knew that learning English was challenging for me so I wanted to support my students the best way I could. I incorporated many visual cues and music to support learning information and encouraging success and comprehension. I still struggled to get the attention and the consistent interaction and engagement during circle. This was the most important part of the day. This was the time I was giving out new information and also assessing comprehension and mastery in the information I had previously taught. I also witnessed a less then stimulated group of students. I needed to find away to engage them and to make this time a time of fun and class participation. If I could engage the students in this part of the day then I could stimulate more learning and create scaffolding that would support some of my students who were still struggling with the information.
The action research topic I choice is near and dear to my heart. I choice the importance of rewarding students with either praise or a reward system (intrinsic or extrinsic) encouraging students to take on a more responsible role in their learning and in their education. I choice to study and follow the progress of two of my students out of the 20 students in my class. Though all students were included and engaged in the study I was only observing 2 for the action research study. The two students I picked were Azhaar who was a 5-year-old girl from Ethiopia and Kian a 5-year-old boy from Cambodia. Both coming from different cultural backgrounds. I wanted to see if incorporating rewards would encourage more engagement which would produce a love of learning and a pride in self. And if the reward was removed would the students still take on the role of caring about their education and engaging in circle time learning. Or will they return to engaging only when they want to and with little excitement and eagerness to learn. I choice this also due to the fact that I was an ELL second language learner and was lost in class when in first entered Head Start. Until a great teacher changed my life. She utilized all the skills she had to engage with me and include me in the process daily. Even without interpreters to support her she

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